With the redevelopment of brownfield sites increasingly on the construction agenda, site remediation is a priority for developers.

Whatever the condition of the proposed site, J Mould (Reading) has the resources to plan and conduct an effective site survey, to identify any contaminants present and to prepare a site-specific remediation plan. Asbestos, heavy metals and hydrocarbons are the typical contaminants found on brownfield sites, and JMR has the expertise and disposal routes to deal with them.

Site investigations and surveys can be commissioned by JMR, or we can work from existing site investigation data, dividing up the site into different areas with different types and or levels of contamination. Each type or category of contamination will be source segregated and either treated and reused on site where appropriate, or removed to a suitable licenced treatment or disposal facility.

In the event of asbestos contamination, JMR’s status as a licensed asbestos contractor ensures that completion of the necessary Asbestos Survey is swift and thorough. Preparing an asbestos-removal plan and obtaining any approvals required by local regulators are tasks for JMR’s in-house asbestos team.

Contaminated soil is, whenever possible, treated at the point of excavation and reused during the construction phase of a project, care and consideration is given to ensuring the ‘Source-Pathway-Receptor’ links are broken so that there are no risks to the end users of the site. Where in-situ treatment is impossible, JMR is licensed to remove and transport hazardous waste, and the company’s bulk-haulage division manages the controlled removal of all types of contaminated soil to off-site treatment and disposal facilities.

Remediation of former industrial premises requires particular care. By-products from many industrial processes, including gas production, power generation, mining and metal processing, remain in the environment for extended periods, often contaminating groundwater and constituting a threat to surrounding areas. Typically the company is able to recommend a decontamination and site-remediation strategy that not only satisfies commercial requirements but also ensures regulatory compliance.

During the execution phase, JMR implements the agreed site-remediation plan with absolute regard to the safety of its employees, other contractors and the general public. This may require careful timetabling of activities, taking into account the nature and timing of occupied adjacent sites. The end result is a development-ready site, certified accordingly, at optimal cost to the client.